Update: “The Great BIT Proposal Challenge”

A post from Doug Peterson’s blog:

Happy First Day of the March Break.

If you’re a Twitter user, hopefully you’re following the hashtag #BIT16.  It’s only here that you can enjoy the discussions from now until the November conference.

It’s also here that you can follow “The Great BIT Proposal Challenge“.  This is a combination challenge to get people who might not otherwise consider presenting at the conference or presenting on “that” topic and also an opportunity to publically acknowledge the great things that Ontario Educators are doing.  The bottom line is what better way to do both than on social media?  After all, it is 2016.

The format is pretty straight forward.  Just send a Twitter message in this format.  “I challenge @xxxxxx to submit a proposal to talk about xxxxxx at #BIT16”  (or some variation).  And, if you see a good challenge, don’t hesitate to retweet it.

I know that I’ve done my fair share of challenges.  These are people that I truly think have ideas that the rest of the province should hear.

You can see all of the challenges by following this link.  (or at least those who followed the rules so that my search could find them.  Ontario Educators are so great because often they don’t follow the rules.)

This is a search result that I scan on a daily basis.  From the results, it’s interesting to see….

  • people who I’ve never seen present before being identifed
  • recognition for awesome projects and ideas that I’ve only heard about but now I want to know more
  • the wide variety of topics reaching into virtually every classroom
  • Ontario Educators are so creative

If all those challenged were put on the agenda, it would absolutely be the best conference ever with all kinds of ideas and inspiration. That’s one of the reasons for going to a conference – the other is to make new connections.  This would have it all.

It’s not too late; if there’s someone you work with, have heard about, or interacted via social media or on their blog, acknowledge it and give them the push that they might need to submit a proposal for the conference.  Make the selection committee really work.

And, of course, if you’re doing something worth sharing, just go ahead and submit your own proposal.  If you want to be publically embarrassed, let me know.  I’m not above that!

But don’t wait too long – proposals end March 31.

BIT16 Deadline for Submitting Proposals/Date limite de soumission des propositions

It is now just three weeks until the deadline for submitting proposals for BringIT,Together 2016. If you have already submitted a proposal, please encourage others to do so as well. We know that there are great things happening in our schools and IT Departments, and we are always looking for new ideas and new presenters. Sometimes it just takes a nudge from a colleague to get someone to submit a proposal. You can find the form for submitting a proposal on our conference web page, bringittogether.ca. Just click on the “Call for Proposals” link on the left side of the page.

On the web page, you will see a series of blog posts on a variety of topics related to the conference. The last post encourages readers to consider being a Minds on Media facilitator on the first day of the conference: take a look and see if this opportunity is right for you. Between now and the conference, there will be many more blog posts, and we hope that you will revisit our site regularly to read posts from past presenters, tips on presenting and to get updates on the conference.

As well, we would love it if you would follow us on social media: Peter McAsh is busily tweeting ( https://twitter.com/BringIT2016) and posting on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bit4ontedu/) lots of great information.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 31. So act now to avoid disappointment.

Il ne reste que trois semaines avant la date limite de soumission des propositions pour BringIt, Together 2016. Si vous avez déjà soumis une proposition, s’il vous plaît encouragez vos collègues à faire de même. Nous savons qu’il y a de beaux projets pédagogiques qui se déroulent dans nos écoles et nos départements informatiques, et nous sommes toujours à la recherche de nouvelles idées et de nouveaux présentateurs. Parfois, il faut juste un petit coup de pouce de la part d’un collègue afin d’encourager quelqu’un à soumettre une proposition. Vous pouvez trouver le formulaire de soumission sur notre page Web, bringittogether.ca. Il suffit de cliquer sur le lien “Appel d’ateliers” à la côté gauche de la page.

À la page Web, vous verrez un blogue avec une série de billets qui présentent une variété de sujets liés à la conférence. Le billet le plus récent encourage les lecteurs à envisager d’être une facilitatrice ou un facilitateur lors des sessions Minds on Media du premier jour de la conférence. Venez nous lire pour déterminer si ce genre de présentation pourrait vous intéresser.

D’ici la conférence, il y aura plusieurs billets de blogue, et nous espérons que vous allez visiter régulièrement notre site pour lire les billets qui présenteront des conseils et astuces qui vous permettront de monter une présentation remarquable et aussi pour obtenir des mises à jour au sujet de la conférence.

De plus, nous vous invitons à nous suivre sur les médias sociaux : Peter McAsh est actif sur Twitter (https://twitter.com/BringIT2016) et sur Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bit4ontedu/).

La date limite pour soumettre une proposition est le 31 mars. Soumettez votre proposition dès maintenant!


Consider being a Minds on Media Facilitator

Minds On Media is the creation of Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen.  MOM is available at BIT16 as part of the hands-on lineup of learning on Wednesday, which also includes full and half-day sessions.

The best way to explain MOM is to quote from the Minds On Media website:

“Minds On Media (MOM) is a model of professional learning that respects the learner’s ‘desire to know’.

Teachers come to learn and we respect their choices in how they wish to do that. We want them to take a ‘minds on’ approach.

We believe that:

  • the locus of control for learning should be in the hands of the learner
  • the facilitator must be aware of, and respond to, the learner’s desires, needs and expertise
  • the learner should leave empowered to learn further – beyond the MOM event
  • there are always experts among us

At Minds On Media teachers will choose what they need to learn based on their own needs, learning styles, interests, levels of expertise. They are able to move freely throughout the day from centre to centre if, and when, it suits them.

Facilitators spend some time before the event thinking about practical ways to support self-directed learners at a hands-on session. This requires the creation of a variety of materials, strategies and access points. Differentiated learning is equally important for adults.

It’s not ‘wait for the workshop’ anymore. It’s ‘just in time’ learning – not ‘just in case’. Teachers will gain expertise in asking questions using social tools and in developing, nurturing and leveraging a robust professional learning network (PLN).

Facilitators at MOM sessions look forward to, not only teaching, but learning with others. They respect the knowledge and expertise that each person brings to the table.”

In conjunction with Peter and Brenda, BIT is looking people interesting in being a facilitator at a MOM centre.  If you are submitting a Wednesday full day or half day proposal, you have the option to indicate that you would consider “presenting” your session at MOM.  Think about it.  MOM is a great experience not just for the participants—but also for the facilitators!

Peter McAsh
Social Media


Venez partager EN FRANÇAIS à la conférence Bring IT Together 2016

Nous avons lancé un appel de propositions pour la conférence Bring IT Together, qui sera tenue du 9 au 11 novembre 2016 au Centre Scotiabank à Niagara Falls. Nous aimerions souligner que nous invitons des propositions en langue française ou anglaise.

Quel que soit votre rôle dans notre système d’éducation, si vous avez une expérience ou une perspective intéressante à partager, nous vous encourageons à animer une session lors de la conférence. Nous cherchons à célébrer les stratégies qui favorisent l’intégration efficace des technologies qui permettent de transformer l’expérience de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage.

Cette année, nous invitons l’exploration des thèmes suivants : le mouvement Maker, l’impression 3D, la robotique et la programmation, les classes 1:1, le partage et les médias sociaux, l’apprentissage professionnel et le leadership,  la gamification de l’éducation, les ressources en ligne, l’utilisation efficace des données, et les approches pédagogiques novatrices en enseignement et en évaluation.

La conférence débute mercredi avec la session Minds on Media, en plus des sessions de demi-journée ou d’une journée complète. Ces sessions jumellent ateliers et sessions pratiques du style main-sur-les-touches. Les sessions du jeudi et du vendredi sont principalement des présentations d’une durée de 50 minutes, mais nous offrons aussi la possibilité de sessions doubles . Cette année, nous offrons également l’option de “sessions poster” dans la zone nommée Innovation Station. Vous pouvez y partager vos recherches, vos succès, et vos pratiques innovantes dans un format moins formel qu’une session traditionnelle. Chaque station d’innovation présentera un tableau simple devant lequel les intervenants peuvent échanger à la manière d’une foire commerciale. Affiches simples, ordinateurs portables ou tablettes peuvent être utilisés pour démontrer et partager vos coups de coeurs, pratiques ou succès. Les stations d’innovation auront lieu dans le salon des exposants pendant les heures de repas du jeudi et du vendredi.

La date limite pour soumettre une proposition est le 31 mars, 2016. Le comité évaluera chaque proposition et vous serez informés de la décision du comité organisateur dès que possible après cette date.

Lise Galuga EAO

How to write a successful session proposal

For the upcoming Bring IT, Together Conference, the committee expects to review over 500 session proposal (50 minutes sessions on Thursday and Friday) and offer about 150 to conference attendees.

This post will help you become one of the chosen few after a committee reads and reviews each and every submission.

Don’t Procrastinate

It’s OK to submit your proposal at the last minute.  But, that doesn’t mean you write it at the last minute.  Start mind mapping what you want to submit now.  That will start your brain thinking about it and help you write a successful proposal.

A Great Title

It’s the first thing that people see.  You need something that’s going to grab the attention of those looking for sessions to attend.  Look for something that will intrigue and encourage further consideration.

You – A Great Bio

While sessions aren’t judged by the name of the proposer, a solid background on the topic speaks volumes.  Include your background, social media presence, internet resources that you’ve developed, your work in Ontario education, …  All this counts for a strong presenter.  If you’re co-presenting, make sure that you treat all presenters in the same way.

Don’t Name or Theory Drop

Unless you’ve written or co-written some educational theory, adding a line describing it doesn’t add anything to a successful proposal.  Focus on you and your presentation instead.

This is Ontario

And your audience will largely be Ontario educators.  You know what the priorities are for Ontario schools and your own district.  Identify these as solid reasons that your proposal should be accepted.  If you have a unique way of teaching geometry with technology, we want to read it.

The Proposal is Electronic

There was a time when proposals were done on paper and there was a 200 character limit to save on paper printing costs.  Your proposal is electronic and the conference program is as well (Lanyrd).  Use the technology to its best to explain exactly what the session will cover.


What will the audience leave with if they attend?  Specifically identifying the takeaways will make it easier to understand your proposal.  Too often, reviewers will say “I wish they had explained it in more detail.”


If it is your intention to create a community of learners or sharers, make sure that you include that.  Will there be a Twitter list or Facebook/Google+ group created as a result?  Are you looking to share resources?  What will be the URL to your blog/website/wiki?

Exhibitor Connection

Do you have connections with an exhibitor or other commercial entity?  Include that.  The worst thing you can be accused of is being an advertisement for XYZ if people didn’t know that going in.  Let them know up front and they can choose to attend not attend.

Have another set of eyes

Share your proposal with a colleague and ask for their opinion.  “Would they attend something like this?”  “What wording is needed to convince them?”  

Intended Audience

There is a really good chance that your proposal isn’t for everyone.  Clearly identify that the audience is for “Grade 5 Special Education teachers” or “Superintendents in charge of technology use”.


How will you engage your audience?  Unlike the Wednesday workshops, chances are you won’t be hands-on – you’ll be presenting to an audience seated and focused on you.

Good luck!  Please consider these points as you prepare for your proposal submissions.  We want you to be successful.

Check back to this blog regularly for additional tips and information as we lead into Bring IT, Together 2016.  Follow #BIT16 on Twitter and Facebook.

Doug Peterson
Presentations Committee